FBN Bank (UK) Executive Management Team
We have a highly skilled, diverse, and internationally experienced leadership team. This senior team are well positioned as respected thought leaders and experts in African trade.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Cardoen, the Bank’s CEO, is leading cross-cultural teams through major strategic and organisational change which will deliver significant growth for the Bank.
Paul’s key skills are his practical, hands-on approach in culturally diverse environments gained through extensive management experience across sub-Saharan Africa. He is also known for his promotion of ethical business conduct and organisational sustainability.
His banking experience includes developing businesses at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, the Trust Bank (Ghana) and Fortis Bank where he successfully transformed their banking, asset management, finance and wealth management businesses.
He has also served as a non-executive director with various companies in the UK, Turkey and Ghana advising on strategic direction and guiding business transformation
Paul completed his post-graduate studies at IMD (Switzerland), INSEAD (France) and holds master’s degrees from Belgium’s leading universities in Leuven and Brussels.
Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer
Sam Aiyere is the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, leading and directing financial strategy and operations at the Bank.
He is an expert in strategic financial planning, capital and liquidity management, stress testing, regulatory reporting and managing market risk, gained through a career of more than 25 years in the banking sector.
His experience includes more than 16 years at the Bank, giving him an unrivalled perspective on the Bank and its mission to be the first-choice bank for clients proposing to do business in Africa.
He is a qualified accountant and holds a bachelor of science degree with honours in accounting and an MBA with specialisation in business finance.
Executive Director, Head of Business Development
Tosin Adewuyi is FBN Bank UK’s Executive Director and Head of Business Development, and is responsible for ensuring growth across the Bank’s client base and business lines.
He is proficient in developing and implementing growth strategies across all lines of business, with expertise in Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury and Investor Services and Trade Finance. Tosin is a proven leader of business development teams, with a deep knowledge of both the European and Sub-Saharan Africa financial landscape.
Tosin has over 20 years’ experience as an international banker covering Sub-Saharan Africa, with over ten of those spent in senior management roles. He was a Managing Director and Senior Country Officer, Nigeria, at J.P. Morgan, where he held responsibility for all aspects of J.P. Morgan’s business in Nigeria in addition to managing J.P.Morgan’s cash management business in Sub- Saharan Africa.
Tosin led origination and sales efforts across a product set that included Treasury and Cash Management, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance, Advisory, Escrow, Trade and Commodity Financing. Prior to J.P.Morgan, Tosin spent time at Standard Bank covering Sub Saharan Africa corporates and KPMG as part of his accountancy training.
Tosin was a member of the J.P.Morgan EMEA Diversity Committee and one of the senior members of the Black Organisation for Leadership Development. Tosin was judged one of the top 100 influential black people in the UK, 2012 Power List in the Business, Finance and IT category.
Tosin is an alumni of University of Manchester, where he studied Economics and Accounting. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Honorary Senior Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Chief Risk Officer
Grace Igbiniyesu is the Bank’s Chief Risk Officer, leading the risk management operations of the Bank. With the Bank now at an important transformational stage, her goal is to build a robust risk culture that allows for a sustainable and predictable performance.
Her extensive experience spans more than 25 years in roles that involved risk management and oversight, development risk frameworks, and front line risk support for Citigroup, Lloyds Bank and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE).
She has built risk structures around trade and corporate finance products across different countries in Africa, often acting as a guest credit risk reviewer to ensure consistency of processes. She has set up bespoke lending and risk control initiatives, established an African bank’s credit risk and portfolio management functions from scratch and worked as an in-house coach on risk matters aimed at continuously improving risk culture.
Grace has a degree in business administration and an MBA.
Managing Director of Paris Branch
Olivier Noel is Managing Director of the Paris branch of the Bank.
He has over 20 years of banking and finance experience, with a particular focus on Africa, working for organisations such as the IFC (part of the World Bank Group) in South Africa, Senegal and Cameroon, the Africa Merchant Bank in the Ivory Coast, and Belgolaise Bank (Fortis).
Olivier provides management and oversight, as well as leading the Paris team, leveraging his expertise in investment solutions, trade finance, structured commodity finance and corporate banking services, for clients in the Eurozone-Africa trade corridor
Olivier has a degree in finance and economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School in Paris.
Chief Operations Officer
Tim Gillman is the Bank’s Chief Operations Officer, ensuring that people, systems and processes combine to deliver for the Bank’s customers as effectively, efficiently and safely as possible.
Tim has a wealth of banking experience across Operations, Technology and Risk with a particular focus on implementing automated and digital solutions to meet customer needs.
Prior to joining the Bank, Tim spent 27 years at Barclays holding a range of positions such as COO for Europe, Managing Director of Business Banking and Consumer Lending Operations and was also the Chief Controls Officer for Personal & Corporate Banking Operations & Technology.
Lesley Wan is General Counsel for FBN Bank (UK) Limited and legal advisor to the Board. She has oversight of the UK, Paris and Lagos (representative office), the company secretariat and the compliance & Anti-money laundering division. She is also responsible for talent management (including mentoring and the graduate programme).
Lesley sits on a number of external advisory boards, including Headlong and the London Business School’s “Out in Business” programme and is the Founder & President of The Eagle Club - a global network of 180 women in senior leadership positions. She is also Founder and CEO of Through the Looking Glass, a charity which provides underprivileged children with an insight into City professions and encourages them to pursue higher education.
Lesley has extensive experience working as a lawyer in private practice, an equity house and financial institutions in London and abroad including HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group, SEB Bank, Bayern LB, LDC, A&O, Norton Rose and Russell McVeagh.
Chief HR Officer
Pam Reilly is Chief HR Officer for FBN (UK). Pam has over 25 years in the HR industry working across diverse co-operations with complex global matrix operating lines. She has worked across a variety of sectors including the House of Lords, Thomson Reuters, State Street, Societe Generale, GLG, Fidelity and most recently Vanguard Europe. She has extensive experience in organisations going through significant period of cultural transformation and change, in particular during periods of growth, automation and digitalisation. She has a passion for redefining the dialogue on the HR industry to be transformative and pivotal to an organisation’s core success.
Pam holds a BA in Politics and International Studies and an MA in Management Studies. She is a life-long student of philosophy, psychology, and the effects of globalisation on organisational leadership. She holds both coaching and counselling qualifications to support a spectrum of activities in industry forums and charitable causes.